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Old 03-20-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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Sample Checklist

I am attaching a generic PDF of our check-list; be gentle for as the DW, I may not have stated some of the steps the way my DH would. The reason for doing this was to help assist as much as possible without sounding like a nag ~ this takes the personalities out of the picture.

We purchased a red folder with page protectors to store the print-outs; we keep it in the cabinet right inside the door where the Jayco bag is with all instructions. In the same folder are checklists for what we need to bring (food, personal items), do (buy, fix, punch list for Jayco dealer), and campsite records (directions, preferred site numbers,).

These checklists will be useful when our son borrows the TV /TT since this is more complex than the tent-trailer he inherited; he hasn't gone with us yet to experience what all needs to occur with this fancier set-up!
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #12
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This might help you... These are the list's I use when heading out on a trip.


Level side
Chock wheels / x-chocks
Disconnect Hitch / Chains / Power
Level front to back
Set all stabilizers
Plug in 30a power
Hook up water
Verify hot water tank has water
Turn on LP gas
Turn on hot water heater
Turn on refrigerator


All items secured inside
Empty all trash
Cabinets closed
Secure all windows
Refrigerator turned off
Hot water heater turned off
Furnace / AC turned off
All lights, fans turned off
Lower antenna
Awning rolled up
Water lines removed
Electric unplugged
Retract entry steps
All stabilizers and x-chocks up and removed
Hook up WDH and Anti-sway
Check brake and blinker lights
Remove wheel chocks
Have dump hoses ready to go

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:45 AM   #13
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There are many break controllers available, without knowing what you have it would be impossible tell you how to set it up. However it should have come with a manual that will tell you. There certainly some trial and error on getting it set properly and that setting could change slightly over time as you add weight to the TT.

I don't use "friction sway control bar" so I'll leave that for another poster.

Although the dealer de-winterized the TT, I suggest you sanitize the water system. Your Jayco manual will tell you the steps. In general you mix a bleach solution with fresh water in the holding tanks, all they way full, then you run each sink and shower till you smell the bleach water running out. This will ensure the solution is in all the water lines. Let it sit for several hours the drain the holding tank, add fresh water to the tank and circulate it through the lines just as you did the bleach solution. It might take a couple of fills and drains to get all the residual bleach solution flushed. It takes time, typically 8-10 hours for me to complete it on my trailer -- really that is a lot of waiting for fills and drains.

We use our toilet for every we would at home, just less TP. For our black tank we add a couple gallons of fresh water with the chemicals when we first set up, and then again after each dump. I store my TT during the season with a couple gallons of water and chemicals at all times. The chemical loses effectiveness over time, so even if I put it away with chemicals I'll add more when it comes back out for use.

Enjoy, you will get the hang of things very quickly.
Brake controllers - just like when you check that all the lights work when you hook up the trailer, check to make sure the brakes work when you start driving by using the manual override on your controller. All your tires should grab immediately.

ditto what was said about sanitizing the freshwater tank. do this at the start of every season else your water might taste like plastic.

black water tank - use a full toilet bowl of water everytime you flush and use RV toilet paper as this stuff breaks down quicker. follow the directions on what ever type of black water chemical you use (tabs or liquid). Then only drain it when it's full (then again at the end of the season). I have ended up with "turd mountain" in my black tank more than once by not following my own advice.

Grey tank - I use black water chemicals in this tank too. keeps the tank from stinking.

Other advice on this thread and on this forum are a great place to start.

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Old 03-20-2015, 06:14 PM   #14
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This is my list; you can modify it to suit your situation
Always make sure you chock the wheels. I almost had my trailer roll
into the creek behind my house once!

Checklist for Breaking Camp

Stow folding chairs
Stow Grill, Grill Cart and Propane Bottle
Stow Water Hose
Stow Sewer Hose
CATV disconnected

A/C, heater and blower off
Refrigerator on gas
TV antenna down

Secure all loose items and lamps
Stow shower & bathroom supplies
Empty & stow trash can

Secure all windows & ceiling vents
Cabinets closed
All lights & fans off

Water heater off
Awning secured
Slide retracted

Electric disconnected & cord stowed
Secure rear door grab handle

Jacks up
Hitch locked & secure, bolts and balls tight
Spring Bars, safety chains and cable secure
Sway Bar tightened

Lights & brakes checked
Pull rig off levelers if any
Chocks and levelers removed & stowed
Power hitch up
Boards Collected and stowed, Picnic table walk around
Final walk around, all compartments secured

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